Charles Lindbergh 1931 typed and signed letter

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) was a pioneering aviator who began his career as an US Air Mail pilot.

At the age of just 25, he emerged from obscurity to capture the $25,000 Orteig Prize for his solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927.

The event rocketed him to international fame, and he was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his legendary flight.

He championed the development of commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States, making him one of the leading figures responsible for the progression of aviation technology at the time.

Following his son, Charles Jr, being kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century" in 1932 - a result of Lindbergh's fame - his family moved overseas. They returned as America joined the second world war, with Lindbergh flying numerous combat missions in the Pacific Theatre.

After the second world war, Lindbergh became an explorer, inventor and prize-winning author, as well as an environmentalist - a truly remarkable man.

A Charles Lindbergh typed & signed letter dated December 4, 1931.

Written on a single sheet of Lindbergh's personal stationary, featuring his address 25 Broadway, New York City.

The document measures 11" by 8.25".

Presented in fair condition with the original mail folds, creases, minor marks and foxing common with a paper document of this age.

The letter is addressed to Mr R.M Cravens of the American Express Company, and reads in full:

“Dear Mr Cravens,

“Referring to your enquiry as to the contents of the two cases shipped to me aboard the President Jackson from Shanghai.

“One case contains the personal emergency equipment purchased by Mrs Lindbergh and myself in the United States and carried over to Japan in the plane.

The other case contains gifts presented to us while in China.

Very truly yours, C.A Lindbergh.”

The content of this letter is directly linked to an important event in aviation history.

In July 1931 Charles and Anne Lindbergh set off on a historic 7,000-mile flight to discover a viable commercial aviation route to Japan and China via Canada and Siberia.

This letter regards cargo from that famous journey, and references their plane the Tingmissartoq, which is now a star exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Significantly, it was also written just three months before their son Charles Jr. was kidnapped and murdered in what became known as 'the crime of the century'.

The timing of this letter makes it a superb piece of history from Charles Lindbergh's extraordinary life.

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